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If you want America to be as screwed as California, vote for Obama in 2012

That is the subject of this column by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), and it is absolutely brilliant.  Please take the time to read it, because it is also a warning to Americans: If you want to avoid the disintegration of the once-Golden State from being exported to the other 56 states, you must vote out the Commie-in-Chief next year.

Excerpts:

I want to welcome this groundbreaking scientific expedition to the savage lands of the Left Coast. You are here in California to answer an important theoretical question and now you have your answer.

Study it. Fear it. And then go home and make sure that it never happens to the rest of the country.

Mark that well, because if we lose this struggle for the future of our country, you too someday will live in a California – only without the nice climate.

Bad policies. Bad process. Bad politics. Those are the three acts in a Greek tragedy that tell the tale of how, in the span of a single generation, the most prosperous and golden state in the nation became an economic basket case.

One of the results?

One thing – and one thing only – changed in those years: public policy. The political Left gradually gained dominance over California’s government and has imposed a disastrous agenda of radical and retrograde policies that have destroyed the quality of life that Californians once took for granted.

The Census bureau has reported for the better part of the decade that California is undergoing the biggest population exodus in its history, with many fleeing to such garden spots as Nevada, Arizona and Texas. Think about that. California is blessed with the most equitable climate in the entire Western Hemisphere; it has the most bountiful resources anywhere in the continental United States; it is poised on the Pacific Rim in a position to dominate world trade for the next century, and yet people are finding a better place to live and work and raise their families in the middle of the Nevada Nuclear Test Range.

Ouch.  So in light of this collapse, why has Californiastan insisted on sending liberals to Suckramento and D.C.?  McClintock has a theory:

Last November, while the rest of the country was celebrating historic Republican gains (including a shift of 63 U.S. House Seats, six U.S. Senate Seats, 680 state legislative seats, 19 state legislatures and six governors), the statewide Republican ticket in California – despite massively outspending the Democrats in the best Republican year since 1938 – lost every statewide race and even lost ground in the state legislature.

Republicans nationally now hold more state legislative seats than in any year since 1928. In California, they hold fewer than at any time since 1978!

That is not because the voting population of California has lost its collective mind and it is not because the state is divinely ordained to be run by morons.

It happened because Dick Armey is right: “When we act like us we win, and when we act like them we lose.”

Republicans lost the 2006 and 2008 elections not because voters abandoned Republican principles, but because they looked at the Republicans and concluded that the Republicans had abandoned Republican principles.

Possibly.  Or, perhaps he gives way too much credit to Californiastan’s residents.

I suspect that because of L.A., the San Fransicko Bay area, and Suckramento, the rest of the state is hopelessly lost to blue policies.  When you have people who basically think “Sure, our economic policies are crap, but gay marriage and abortion rights are far more important to me than fiscal solvency”, there is virtually no way you can expect a collective wake-up call.  The state losing its AAA bond rating did nothing to change that.

Insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results.  I wonder, though, if Californians really do expect different results…or if they just don’t care if the results are different.  Because hey, being broke and losing the producers to other stable and friendly states sure beats the other side “winning”, right?

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October 9, 2011 Posted by | big government, California, economic ignorance | 6 Comments